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Michael Jordan responds to Warriors' historic 73 wins in official statement

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For the majority of the 2015-16 NBA season, the talk has focussed not around whether the Golden State Warriors would finish atop the league standings, but if they could surpass the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' 72-10 regular season record.

In defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 at the Oracle Center last night, the Dubs ended the debate with a definitive 'yes' as they moved to a 73-9 record to close out the campaign.

You might think the 95-96 Bulls roster would be a little disappointed to see their record broken, but that isn't the case for their figurehead, Michael Jordan, at least. The G.O.A.T issued a statement today congratulation the Warriors' accomplishment.

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"I want to congratulate the Warriors on their amazing season," MJ said, via his manager Estee Portnoy.

"The game of basketball is always evolving and records are made to be broken. The Warriors have been a lot of fun to watch and I look forward to seeing what they do in the playoffs."

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Considering the endless comparisons made between the two teams - an argument that effectively pitted two generations of basketball against one another - it is nice to see Jordan come out and congratulate the achievements of Steve Kerr's team.

Just because the Warriors have now replaced them in the record books in one particular category, it doesn't take away the dominance of that Chicago team and MJ clearly knows that. 

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Back in '96, the Bulls followed up their then record 72-10 season by losing just three games on route to the NBA title.

Golden State will be hoping to follow a similar path to Jordan and co. when they begin their own path to the NBA Finals this weekend with a first round matchup against the Houston Rockets.

The way the Warriors have played so far in 2015-16 you'd be a brave individual to bet against them making light work of Houston and, as alluded to by Jordan in his statement, their 2016 postseason run could be one of the most fun to watch in recent memory.

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As the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, however, Jordan will be hoping he can help throw a spanner in the works in the months ahead.

Although they might be entering the playoffs as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Hornets are amongst the form teams in the NBA and will be looking to make a deep run.

Pitting Jordan's current team against the one who just beat his long-standing record would add another chapter to this year's biggest story.

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